The Jagran Film Festival in Delhi, works of many art maestros on display in Mumbai and a play by Madhu Rye in Bangalore.
Delhi FilmDiaries Across Multiple Screens
The Jagran Film Festival in Delhi is an annual mecca for cineastes. Established six years ago with the aim to encourage film appreciation, it has also provided a platform where quality cinema was shared all over India. In this edition, a bigger festival will focus on global cinema. Films have been slotted into categories like World Panorama, Short is Sweet (international shorts), Indian Showcase (Indian features) and Cinema of the Sellers (advertising films). Having received over 2,400 entries across 104 countries spanning all categories, this carnival promises to offer much. On the programme menu, there is a special screening of Bollywod Diaries and Cinemawala. While the former narrates the tale of three unrelated souls with their lofty Bollywood dreams, the latter is a tribute to the single-screen theatres that are perishing because of growing multiplexes. That is not all, as films like Pahada Ra Luha, Aligarh and Sairat will also be screened. Celebrated across 16 towns with more than 400 screenings and numerous workshops last year, the five-day event will traverse 14 Indian cities and finally culminate in Mumbai. Till July 5, Siri Fort Auditorium
Mumbai ArtThe Cow That Stepped On An Umbrella
Kaleidoscope has on display works of many art maestros. Foremost among them is K.G. Subramanyan, the pioneer modernist who passed away this week, besides the great M.F. Hussain and his PAG colleague S.H. Raza. A kaleidoscope of emotions, memories, colours, lines and figures, the exhibition seeks to explore multiple layers and plausible interpretations. The exhibition is all about choice—the first decision of any artist—and chance, upon which the fate of a canvas hang. Also on display will be works of Ganesh Pyne, known for his uniquely tenebrous poetic surrealism, and Badri Narayan, who started painting without any formal training. The works of F.N. Souza, the first post-Independence artist to receive recognition in the West, and Sujata Bajaj, a master at murals, sculpture, fibre-glass and cold ceramic, will also be on display. Till Aug 31, Piramal Art Gallery
Bangalore Theatre Tell me the name of a Flower is a play by Madhu Rye, and portrays six petals, each depicting a particular emotion. It’s about a murder shown through various shades. Jul 5-7, Alliance Francaise
Calcutta TheatreLove’s Rhythms
For admirers of the stupendous versatility of Rabindranath Tagore, Calcutta will showcase Shyaama, one of Tagore’s dance dramas. From among the ouevre of his songs and the distinctive dance he pioneered, this composition centres around the pivotal character of Shyaama, a strikingly beautiful danseuse at a royal court. Based on Tagore’s poem Porishodh, Shyaama is a romantic tragedy—a tale of love, lust and betrayal. First staged in Calcutta in 1936, it starts when a foreign merchant, Bajrosen, acquires a priceless set of jewels. On being accused of theft, Shyaama, who loves Bajrosen, devises ways to absolve him of the crime. She then takes the help of her admirer, Uttiyo, to plead guilty in order to save Bajrosen. What follows is a heady sequence of events. Employing an amalgamation of dance forms, Shyaama is also a testament to the rich cultural heritage of Bengal. Though it’s set in a bygone time of courtly love and royal protocol, the message of the story remains relevant. This three-hour saga of love, jealousy and manipulation will leave audiences enthralled. Jul 9, Rabindra Sadan